Build Process

Your Custom Journey
Equal parts art and science to deliver the perfect build
What do you want out of your dream bike?
After sending in your deposit, the first step in building a frame for you is to get as much information as I can to help me along. Size, weight, riding style, typical riding terrain, social security number, likes and dislikes of other bikes, etc. It is this feedback from you that helps guide me along to ensure I am delivering a bike that behaves
like you want.

Perhaps you don't know why you like a particular bike you own, you just do. That's fine. We can work with an existing frame design that you are comfortable with and seek to improve it. We can start with the basics of frame design and work out from there. For example, we may discuss what is most important to you: comfort, weight, stiffness, handling, etc. We will work together to make sure I deliver as much of each of these as I can but we can figure out where the emphasis should be.
Precise Measurements
Once we determine ride characteristics you want out of your new bike, we need to make sure it is going to fit you like a glove. There are a few ways we can go about this.

Step 1: Perhaps you want an exact reproduction of your current bike's geometry. No problem, either drop the bike off with me or provide me the dimensions and I will take it from there.

Step 2: Get a professional fit. I recommend everyone do this if you are not 100% on where your contact points (feet, hands, butt) are in relation to each other. It provides valuable information to me as the builder but also
to you the rider. It helps determine build setup (i.e. bar width, stem length, saddle height, etc).

Step 3: Provide your body measurements. I can provide you with a fairly detailed list of body measurements I need to begin the process. You will need a friend to help you. I will take these measurements and enter them into aprogram called Fit Advisor to assist in figuring out the final geometry of the bike.

Step 4. Once I know where those three contact points are in space I can connect the
lines to them and then determine where the wheels should be in relation to those contact points.
CAD Modeling
Once I have all of the information on both your riding style as well as your body measurements, I enter all of the information into a program called BikeCAD. This is a program developed by Brent Curry over at Bike Forest. There are literally hundreds of variables that can be assessed through the BikeCAD program that are used to determine effect on the frame by changing single inputs as well as providing you with a fully
rendered and scaled drawing of your frame.
Tube Selection
The selection of individual tubes is one of the most important decisions as it has such a large impact on the ride quality of the bike. For example, if you are a 200 pound hammerhead then I will select a different tubeset than someone who is 150 pounds and spins a high cadence. Again, every aspect of the frame is tailored to you and your riding style.
The Build Begins
At this point forward I am working on your frame on only your frame. From beginning to end. There is no assembly line approach to this. My singular focus is getting your frame to you. Only after the frame is in your hands and you are happy with it will I begin work on the next frame.

*Deposit is a good faith deposit. If you flake out and change your mind and decide you don’t want a bike anymore and I have already begun the process then the deposit is non-refundable.